Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in front of a laptop computer

Born in Sheffield, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has an MA in Law from Oxford University, a diploma in Applied Criminology and was awarded an MBA in Business Administration from Sheffield University. He has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

After four years working in the health service he joined South Yorkshire Police, aged 22. He worked across the South Yorkshire area in uniform, CID, traffic and personnel. During this time he policed Doncaster's mining community during the miners' strikes.

In 1997, he joined Merseyside Police as Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Community Affairs before taking responsibility for Area Operations in 1999. He was Gold Commander during the national Petrol Disputes of 2000/2001.

Sir Bernard joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) as Assistant Commissioner in July 2001 with responsibility for Human Resources. During this time he helped the MPS attain 20% growth, reaching 30,000 officers.

He re-joined Merseyside Police in 2004, after leaving the MPS, on appointment to Chief Constable, where he introduced the force ‘Total Policing’ model focusing on crime, victims and professionalism. This approach led to crime reducing by a third, a 26 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour and the highest level of criminal asset recovery outside of London (more than £20 million over three years).

He was appointed to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in October 2009 and his work included inspections of the MPS, City of London Police, British Transport Police (BTP), Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). He was also lead Her Majesty's Inspector on thematic areas of policing such as the Olympics, counter terrorism and serious organised crime. In January 2011 he led the review of the national domestic extremism units.

Sir Bernard has vast experience in crime investigation and strategic leadership of major public events, public disorder and organised crime, particularly involving the use of firearms.